'Thursday Throwdown.'

If the name sounds like 'wrasslin' event - you're right - except in this case, it's with street legal cars, trucks and SUV's.

Gresham Motorsports Park today announced its 2014 Summer 'Thursday Throwdown' Street Drag program would begin Thursday, June 12. The six-race, weekly Thursday events, will carry through July with the full GMP Street Drag series set for June, 12, June 19, June 26, July 10, July 17 and July 24.

"We opened the 2014 GMP Street Drag program with a pair of Saturday events," said track general manager John Close. "Now that the summer is heating up and Saturday schedules are full with things like yardwork, shopping, vacations and other automotive events, the GMP Thursday Throwdown Street Drags will be a perfect way that car clubs, cruising groups, and just anybody who wants to have some fun with their vehicles to get their 'car play' in early."

Gates for the GMP Thursday Throwdown Street Drag events will be open at 5:30 p.m. Driver registration is from 5:40-8 p.m. Practice runs are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with bracket racing beginning at 8:15 p.m.

Driver and registration is $20 and includes vehicle inspection, bracket placement in up to two bracket (Grudge Bracket racing free to all entries).

Spectator admission is just $5. Pit passes are $10 (16 and under not allowed in the Pit Area.)

Brackets include -

G -  Grudge - Run What Ya Brung -
(Any Make, Engine, Model Car/Truck/Mini Van/SUV)

AM - American Muscle
(8 Cyl - 'Slightly Modified' - Headers, Cam Okay)

2WDT - Trucks/SUV's
(2WD, 8 and 6 Cyl, Any Make, Model, Year)

CT - Compact Truck
(4 Cyl, Any Make, Model, Year)

FWDT - Four-Wheel Drive Trucks/SUV's
(All Makes, Models, Engines, Years)

MV - Mini Van
(Any Make, Model, Engine, Year)

TNR - Tuners
(Turbo 4 Cyl, Any Make, Model, Year)

CS - Compact Stock
(Foreign or Domestic - 4 Cyl, Non Turbo, Any Make, Any Year)

6BNG - Six Bangers OEM STOCK
(Foreign or Domestic - Any Make, Model Car/Truck Non-Turbo 6 Cyl)

HR - Hot Rod
(Any Engine, Tire, Any Make, Model, Year Passenger Car - Slick Tires Permitted)

Brackets are double-elimination format with the last pair racing a best two-out-of-three, winner take all format.

Remember, the GMP Thursday Throwdown Street Drag program is primarily for street legal cars, trucks and SUV's. As such, all cars must have a current, valid registration and drivers must be 18 years of age or older and present a valid non-expired/revoked drivers license to compete.

Drivers 16-17 are permitted as long as they have notarized minor release form signed by their parent or guardian on file. (Form available in Street Drag section of www.racegmp.com.)

All Street Drag bracket winners will receive a trophy.

For more information about the 2014 Gresham Motorsports Park racing season - including rules for the Street Drag Divisions - please log on to www.racegmp.com.

Here's a look at the Gresham Motorsports Park Thursday Throwdown Street Drag schedule for Thursday, June 12 -

5:30 P.M. - Drag Pit Gates Open

5:40 - 8:00 P.M. - Drag Vehicle Safety Inspection Opens/Bracket Assignment
6:00 P.M. - Spectator Gates Open
6:30 P.M. - 7:30 p.m. - Practice Runs
7:35 P.M. - Driver's Meeting - Infield Tech Building
8:00 P.M. - Opening Ceremonies
8:10 P.M. - Drag Racing Eliminations Begin
11:00 P.M. - Facility Closes

The Gresham Motorsports Park Thursday Throwdown Street Drags are supported by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department - which urges you to drag race at GMP - not on public streets and highways. The Thursday GMP Street Drag events are also an alcohol free event with no alcohol sales or carry ins allowed.

To inquire about the many promotional partner opportunities at Gresham Motorsports Park - including the Thursday Throwdown Street Drag program, please contact GMP at 706-367-9461

About Gresham Motorsports Park

Gresham Motorsports Park is located east of Atlanta, just off I-85 at Exit 140, in Jefferson, GA.

The sprawling motorsports and event complex - which underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2009 - features ¼- and ½-mile paved racing ovals, a 300-foot Street Drag Strip, Drifting Course, 4,000-seat main grandstand and state of the art electronic computer scoring, lighting and sound systems.

Additional information about Gresham Motorsports Park can be obtained by calling 706-367-9461 or at www.racegmp.com.

You can also follow GMP on Twitter @GreshamMotorsportsPark or on Facebook at Gresham Motorsports Park.
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